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A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
I could not, would not, on a boat.
I will not, will not, with a goat.
I will not watch it in the rain.
I will not watch it on a train.
Not in the dark! Not in a tree!
Not in a car! You let me be!
I will not watch it in a box.
I will not watch it with a fox.
I will not watch it in a house.
I do not watch it with a mouse.
I do not like it here or there.
I will not watch it ANYWHERE!
I already watched this piece of shit, so take your DVD and go you twit.
I do not like The Lorax, Sam, so pack up your line of crap and scram!
Film #15 of the June Challenge
There once was a land of wood
where hollies bloomed like nothing else could
In it sat a man, quite the shnook
In his hands was a children's book
This man was an executive of 35
or so this author might contrive
He was a man of astonishing greed
From piles of money he would feed!
He did not understand the words of the book
it was why he did not even own a Nook.
But his was a job that did not require knowing how to read
All he had to do was lead.
So he enlisted several men
to make a film for children of ten
It would not be short, it…
The Lorax is another example of a Dr. Seuss’ film adaptation that has failed to capture the charm of the book. They’ve taken a simple and timely fable and turned it into a loud and garish bore that labours on its environmental message whilst failing to actually entertain its audience. The story centres on a 12-year-old boy who escapes the confines of his artificial city - Thneedville - to find a real tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. There he meets the reclusive Once-ler who tells him the story of The Lorax, the guardian of the forest, and how Thneedville came into being.
Dr. Seuss’ cautionary tale about greed and environmentalism is buried somewhere in this…
I'm sure I benefited from not having read the Dr. Seuss fable this film is based on - and I'm saying this because everyone seems to love the original story and yet everyone who read it basically hates the film, saying it doesn't have the heart of the book and it doesn't capture its charm. I (an ignorant bastard who hasn't read any of Dr. Seuss's acclaimed children books), on the other hand, found it a heartwarming story with often funny jokes, fascinating set pieces and a wonderful, eye-catching animation. The only big problems I found in this quite entertaining animated film were the way they stretched the story (honestly, an hour would have been more than enough to tell…
Bad memories in my life:
Getting made fun of by Erin Olsen in 8th grade.
Having surgery at a hospital.
The music in The Lorax.
Vibrant and colorful, but oh-so-unfunny! I can't honestly recall a single moment where The Lorax made me laugh. Not even a hearty chuckle or a related thought of amusement. And clearly I'm not alone in being underwhelmed by this film.
I've never read any of the children's books by the beloved Dr. Seuss, but I can scarcely imagine this doing any kind of justice to the original story. It means well I'm sure, but the eco-friendly message at its core holds no subtlety whatsoever, while simulatenously struggling to be hip, in an obvious attempt to keep the tweens from reaching for their cell phones.
They overdo it bit also with the inherent bubbliness; sharing similarities with what often feels like…
I loved this film with a passion when it first came out (12 year olds, amirite?) but it's more dumb and lame upon rewatch. Ted and Audrey and all of Thneedville are so stupid, they were never my favorite parts to begin with but they're just so cringe. I loved O'Hare though, I live for over the top villains. The Lorax and Once-Ler scenes weren't awful, it could have been a pretty decent movie if it was just about that, taking time to develop things better and not cram the Once-Ler's whole transformation into a three minute song.
Blandly generic entertainment meant for children who've never read Dr. Seuss, which can't be many, at least not in America.
score 1 for da trees!
I love the first half of the movie when it's all dystopian and there's a little bit of mystery regarding what happens to all the trees. But the second half is just generic animation. Enjoyable, but not as good as the first half.
There were lots of better films for that year. Re-watched because required for class though I still remember most of the scenes and happenings in the movie. The songs are just not that memorable.
#7/30: Matt’s Movember Movie Moustache Challenge.
Danny De Vito's voice is a perfect fit for the lead character. And for a mainstream children's film it is admirable to see a strong environmental message. Almost too in-your-face at times.
Some scenes misfire. Ed Helms as The Once-ler doesn't quite connect, the songs jar slightly, and the animation (the people in particular) isn't of the quality we are coming to expect.
But it dares to be a bit different.
And it features probably the best animated moustache.
I did not like The Lorax. In 2012, when a company with the pedigree of Pixar exists (completely ignoring the Cars movies), animated movies should be doing their best to emulate the masters of the craft. I don’t mean copying their ideas (Shark Tale, etc.) and completely missing the point of them, but just figure out the heart of your movie and make it Feel. Or make others Feel watching it, and make sure it isn’t condescending to kids or adults.
I didn’t feel anything watching The Lorax, other than a slightly creeping revulsion of the whole thing. It was gorgeously animated, yeah, but the songs were absolutely horrible to listen to, and the voice cast were good, but the crap they had to read was crap! I do not recommend The Lorax to anyone, not even five year old kids.
F U C K I N G C R I N G E
Sing looks awful.
Average rating: 1.83/5